Monsters: Season 1, Episode 11

Rouse Him Not (31 Dec. 1988)

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A painter finds out that something weird lives in her basement.



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Episode credited cast:
John Thunston
Mr. Ritzen
Linda McGuire


A painter finds out that something weird lives in her basement.

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Another story about a monster unleashed from its tomb
28 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A painter moves into an old house to find one of the original inhabitants is still living there... and he's not exactly bringing out the welcome wagon...

"Rouse Him Not" is another story about a person who unknowingly does something to set an evil monster free. Unfortunately, it's not the greatest example of this tried and true formula. The woman in the house has some workmen tear up her basement floor and they break a magic seal. Now the woman is stuck with the nasty creature that lived under it.

The monster of the episode does look pretty good, I will give them that. It's not stated exactly what it's supposed to be (it's just described as simply a "familiar"), but it looks scary and I know I certainly wouldn't want it crawling out of my basement. However, it's not really featured very much.

There are a lot of plot holes in this episode (no pun intended). There's little rhyme or reason as to why the monster comes out of it's hole. It comes out to attack a neighbor in broad daylight, and of course, the hero and the painter simply allow the beast to drag him into the basement and do whatever it wants. The hero then states it won't come out again until nighttime. How does he know this? Furthermore, when night comes and he goes downstairs to fight the monster, there's no sign of the neighbor. There's also no sign of the woman's dog who we see sniffing around the monster's hole in the very beginning. It seems like they're implying that the monster got them, but what happened to its victims? Does it eat them? Does it drag them down the hole, never to be seen again? Wouldn't there be something left of the victims? After all, this monster doesn't seem like the type to clean up after himself. Once the monster snatches a victim, he then descends back the basement or the hole (who really knows), not bothering to go after the other two human beings hanging around and just observing.

It all ends with a smackdown between our hero and the monster. He stabs him with a silver sword blessed by a saint. My only question is: why didn't he have this earlier when the poor dumb neighbor was getting dragged down to the basement? I guess now that the monster actually killed someone, they figure it must really be a problem. Nevertheless, the ending delivers no real surprises. One thing of note though: the ending credits feature the monster in action instead of the typical still frame.

The lack of explanation for much of anything is what really hurts this particular episode. It's not the worst this series has to offer, but I wouldn't go out of my way to catch this one if it were on either.

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